What is it?
iCORI is the most complicated criminal record system in the country. It has about 12 different levels of information users can have depending upon their status under the CORI law.
iCORI provides access to Massachusetts-only criminal offender record information. The data provided is entered and maintained by the Office of the Commissioner of Probation and is not supported by any type of biometric identifier, including fingerprints. While the DCJIS makes every effort to ensure the information provided through this service is as accurate, complete, and up-to-date as possible, it cannot guarantee that data obtained through iCORI is accurate or that it actually belongs to the individual with whom it is associated.
iCORI also has a 5 year restriction for reporting certain criminal records. Most CRAs avoid iCORI and go to county records where the 7 year state rule applies to those earning $20,000 a year or less.
iCORI records are usually only ordered for those employers who by statute are required to obtain an iCORI record, and in those situations it is easier for the client to run those searches themselves.
Mass confusion on a background screen comes into place where a client is running an iCORI and counties on the same file, the county records are restricted to 7 years (based on anticipated salary) whereas the statewide is restricted to 5 years and it's simply a mess to keep straight and explain to clients.
- The county record is still more up to date than the iCORI result as well.
Both Verified First and End-User have to have documented policies in place to deal with iCORI records in the maintaining and disseminating of them.
In reality iCORI makes no sense when an employer or landlord is still able to go to the county and by-pass CORI.